As many of you know, we recently began offering our handmade soaps for sale to the public. We began with the varieties our families and friends like the best, Coffee, Citrus, and of course Lavender.
Then we put it out to y'all on Facebook, to see if you would be interested in some of our other varieties, specifically the bug repellent soaps for people and flea and bug repellent for dogs.
Our friend Cheryl commented, referring to her dog: "... it doesn't matter what flea stuff I use on him he still gets fleas. The fleas here are a lot bigger than the fleas in the north too. Like gnat size or bigger, it is ridiculous. The heat is the culprit, it never gets cold enough to kill any thing."
So we took that as a challenge. Since the Don't Byte Me! soap we make for people can also be used on dogs who are smaller or have less of a flea issue, we decided to make a variety that can be used in cases where, as Cheryl further reports: " They can just about pick up Tucker and carry him away ha! I use front line and within days of application he has fleas again!"
Let me just back up a bit here and tell you that I am highly susceptible to bug bites. All I need do is step outside unprotected, and I get bitten. Of course, we have a soap to deal with that too. 😉
But in order to simply sit on the front porch and play a wee bit of music, I need to take preventative measures.
Not my husband.
Bugs don't like him. The mosquitoes will bite me and hover around the dog, but they leave him completely alone. Completely, and it has always been that way. Go figure.
Back to the soap. I recently made two small batches of a very strong bug repellent soap that I call Happy Puppy. It is much stronger than Don't Byte Me, heavy on the citronella to really keep fleas and other nasty biters away.
And even though the windows and front door were open all day, the entire house smelled of the scent as the extra moisture evaporated from the soaps. It smelled good mind you, but very strong.
Later in the evening himself returned home from work, and out to the porch to play a few tunes we went. That's when I saw something I had never seen before: a mosquito was flying around the back of his head. I looked over at the dog, no mosquitoes. I know they weren't buzzing around me. He swats the back of his neck and says "Let's go in, the mosquitoes must be real bad tonight."
There was not a bite on me, not one. And I realized why; I must have smelled strong of the soap after making it, and the scent must have carried on the dog as well. There weren't any bugs in the house either, not even after having the door open.
Now we just have to see if it can handle those fleas strong enough to carry a dog away. Tucker can be the judge.